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355:201 Research in the Disciplines

 

201: Research in the Disciplines

Course List

Fall 2015

Research in the Disciplines helps students develop research writing skills by working on a scholarly subject of interest to them. The assignments in the course are designed to guide students through the process of thorough and comprehensive research by developing a viable topic and research proposal, completing three drafts that undergo substantial peer review and revision, and culminating in a formal 10-12 page final research paper.

Students begin the semester by writing an Analytical Essay on two or more case studies through the lens of two theoretical frames.

Thereafter, students devote themselves to independently researching their topic. They are required to write five short reviews of scholarly sources as part of the scaffolding process that builds to the final paper. They also create and deliver a multi-media oral presentation of their research findings.

Students leave the course with a useful study of their academic and professional interests, skills in critical reading and thinking, the ability to do meaningful revision work on a long-term project, and experience articulating their ideas and findings in both written and oral form.

The course meets core requirements for most schools at RU.

For more information contact Lynda Dexheimer, 201 Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAS Students: 201 is Core certified for both the Revision-Based (WCr) and the Discipline-Based (WCd) Writing & Communication goals.

SEBS Students: 201 meets Core Curriculum Requirements in Area VI: Oral and Written Communication

Other Students: 201 meets requirements for most schools at RU.  Please check with your advisor.

Transfer Students:  If you did not take Expository Writing at RU, you must register for 301, which is designed for transfer students, rather than 201. 

 

College Avenue

 

COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE

355:201:05 15778         M7 (6:10 – 7:30)                SC-219 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: M. WAHBA

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation 

Texts. Emails. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. G-chat. Skype. The way we communicate has changed over time and the channels of communication seem to be ever increasing.  This course gives students an opportunity to research and explore changes in communication in the context of the digital age.  Examples of research options include topics such as the changes in language attributable to increased electronic communication, the loss of a message's meaning on social media, the importance of (or lack thereof) body language in communication, and the effects of increased connectivity on communication.

 

SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

355:201:08 13397         T3 (11:30 – 12:50)           MU-114 CAC                    INSTRUCTOR: J. WARREN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND BUSCH CAMPUSES.

 

COLLEGE!

355:201:10 11978         M6 (4:30 – 5:50)                MU-115 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: M. GOELLER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

This course explores the changing meaning of college in America, with a focus on the increasing privatization of public education.  Research topics might include the rising costs of college and matching student debt, the disconnect between student life and academics, the stressful competition for admission to the most selective schools, the expense of remedial education, the rise of big time college sports as a revenue stream, the history of student protest movements, the role of fraternities and sororities, and the complex relationship between faculty and corporations. As part of the class, students will be required to conduct at least one primary source interview that is appropriate to their projects. This is a hybrid course with meetings one day each week supplemented by online activities, which will include keeping a research blog and participating in online discussion forums.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

355:201:A1 10150        MTH2  (9:50 – 11:10)    FH-A6 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: L. COOLIDGE

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH CAMPUS.

 

FEMINISM FOR EVERYONE

355:201:A4 03642        MTH3 (11:30 – 12:50)  SC-203 CAC                      INSTRUCTOR: A.KING

Regardless of age, race, gender, class, or sexual orientation, feminism is relevant to everyone. In this course we will explore the roots of the feminist movement, modern-day issues within feminism, the misconceptions about what it means to be a feminist, and the ways in which feminism is relevant to today’s Rutgers students.  Drawing on a wide range of sources from MaryWollstonecraft to Sarah Silverman, from blogs to books, from fashionmagazines to photographic archives, we will delve into feminism as notjust an isolated movement, but one that intersects with myriad modern-dayissues in politics, the sciences, sports, the arts, and pop culture.

 

ORDER, CHAOS & THE UNIVERSE

355:201:B2 13318        MW4 (1:10 – 2:30)           SC-214 CAC                        INSTRUCTOR: J. ROBBINS

There is a law of nature that says the universe, as a whole, runs downhill from order to chaos. If this is the case, why do we, as extremely complex forms of living organization, exist? Under the umbrella of a tug of war between order and chaos, this course offers a vast canvas for student investigation into what intrigues, concerns, amuses, or puzzles. If overall chaos always increases, is evolving life simply a more efficient means of producing chaos? If effort keeps us in shape mentally, physically, and socially, and technology sells itself on the promise of eliminating effort, does advancing technology offer us empowerment, or just the illusion? Can aging and the fighting of disease be examined as a tug of war? Global warming?  Explore questions like these and many others.

 

STORIES WE TELL

355:201:B3 13319        MW4 (1:10 – 2:30)           SC-206 CAC                           INSTRCUTOR: D. KEATES

What’s your personal narrative? What are the stories you tell and listen to that make you who you are? Storytelling shapes identity and can be first-person accounts about relationships, honoring the dead, journeys, adventures, faith, politics and accomplishments. It is also living history as in the thousands of stories that make a culture’s collective identity. Storytelling is digital, written, oral, image, song and dance and never before have so many diverse fields used the power of the story in their work. Storytelling played a role in evolution, and today is practiced at every cultural level, from riots in Africa to boardrooms, from the porches of rural America to hospitals, from churches, mosques and temples to the courthouse – and your house. Research topics have included investigating how story relates to voodoo healing, an Indian epic tale, cigarette ad campaigns, Palestinian exile, photos from the civil rights era, classical music, the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, dementia treatment, hip hop dance and chocolate.  Yes, chocolate.

  

DIGITAL ARGUMENTS: HOW NEW MEDIA SHAPE THE WAY WE WRITE

355:201:B5 16061        MW5 (2:50 – 4:10)           FH-A6 CAC                            INSTRUCTOR: D. KEATES

 “New Media” is a catchphrase for a cloud of technology, skills, and processes that allow interactive user feedback, creative participation, and community formation around the media content.  As researchers have found new ways to digitize data, writers have found new ways to present this information that go beyond the 2-D static illustrations long common in print arguments. There is now interest making use of interactive visualizations and other forms of what the MIT Media Lab calls “multisensory, embodied, and aesthetic interactions.” Students in this class will examine how these “interactions” organize data to make their own forms of argument, and consider how examples of these emerging forms of communication can be used to enrich and extend more traditional forms of scholarly argument.

 

FASHION

355:201:D3 08496        TTH5 (2:50 – 4:10)         HH-A2 CAC                           INSTRUCTOR: A. ALTER

How did something as essential as clothing evolve into something as frivolous as fashion, constantly changing and regularly discarded? How did the verb "to fashion", which means, "to make," end up as a noun that describes the latest and hottest garment to be worn, a word synonymous with change? This class will explore these questions. We will also examine how fashion is used to define individuals and how fashion is a form of communication and culture with rules, values, and prohibitions. From fashion design and designers, to beauty and marketing, to subcultures and politics, this course will look at fashion as a social and cultural language today. Some possible research topics are: the cultural significance of specific designers; an examination of fashion trends as subculture; or a history of cosmetic use and its evolution in the last 100 years.

 

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

355:201:E1 04741         TTH7 (6:10 – 7:30)         MU-113 CAC                         INSTRUCTOR: M. CINNIRELLA

Elements of science fiction and fantasy stories can be used to dramatize contemporary problems. How does escape into "otherworlds" like Oz or Panem change the dimensions not only of social and psychological identity, but also of broader social and cultural structures such as race, gender, and class? How does painting a speculative framework allow for explorations of uncharted or sensitive concepts? Drawing from Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and beyond, this class will examine the foreign landscapes of Science Fiction and Fantasy where heightened conditions shine a new light on human identity and the perspective of self and society, providing a reflection of new-found knowledge and truth closer to home, in the world we know.

 

Busch

 

MOTIVATION & SUCCESS

355:201:F2 13393         MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     ARC-326 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: J. MESSINA

This course explores the science of motivation and the psychology of success. Research topics may include topics related to developmental psychology, social psychology, personality psychology, theories about motivation and achievement, intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation, self-control and self-regulation. We will examine the work of Carol Dweck, Tony Wagner and Daniel Pink, among others, to help students develop their own research projects.

  

NUTRITION & EXERCISE SCIENCE

355:201:F4 19736         MW6 (5:00 – 6:20)           ARC-324 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: H. SWERDLOFF

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON CAMPUS

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES

355:201:F5 13534         TTH4 (1:40 – 3:00)         ARC-326 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: J. EVANS

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and development of policies that help make the home, workplace and public sphere safe. This course allows the student to research the intersection of health concerns with many other disciplines – public policy, psychology, history, sociology and science. The choices for research papers range from family planning to studying infectious disease outbreaks to biochemical terrorist attacks. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS.

 

HEALTH CARE ETHICS

355:201:F7 19672         TTH5 (3:20 – 4:40)         ARC-324 BUS     INSTRUCTOR: HAQQ-STEVENS

 “Healthcare Ethics” focuses on the how personal, cultural, community and political ethics affect the practice and delivery of healthcare. Research topics include medicine, doctor/nurse patient relationship, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing, western and eastern medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering and insurance industries. Students can also study how personal, cultural and religious views influence the practice and delivery of healthcare.

 

SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

355:201:F9 07161         TTH6 (5:00 – 6:20)         ARC-324 BUS                       INSTRUCTOR: K. THOMPSON

 “Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON LIVINGSTON AND COLLEVE AVENUE CAMPUSES.

 

Livingston

 

CONSPIRACY THEORY

355:201:14 13485         M5 (3:20 – 4:40)                BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: M. MCCLEOD

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

JFK. Roswell. The Moon Landing. People seem to love a good conspiracy theory. Conspiracy narratives are important precisely because of the intense level of belief or disbelief that they provoke. By putting aside judgment as to whether a particular conspiracy theory is true or false, students will analyze just why certain conspiracy theories catch on so quickly and stay around for so long. Over the course of the semester, students will choose a specific conspiracy theory and examine its significance: What are the meaning-making structures that make it click? Why does it have such a hold on the popular imagination? What does this say about people who “want to believe,” as the X-Files put it? What does this say about those who refuse to believe? How do new conspiracy theories develop and what determines their future level of popularity?

  

EXPLORING LATIN AMERICA

355:201:15 13487         W5 (3:20 – 4:40)               BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: S. CHALLENER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

This course will allow students to explore a range of topics relating to the diverse cultures of contemporary Latin America. Among the possible research issues students might address are globalization, human rights, and different approaches to understanding Latin America's rich history, from colonization and conquest to the independence movements, revolutions, and dictatorships that characterize the past two centuries. We will pay particular attention to U.S. interventions in Latin America, as well as to more recent theories of the "Third World" and the "Global South." We'll also zoom in from these large-scale explorations to investigate how cultural encounter and exchange work at regional and local scales, and at the basic, ground-level of everyday, lived experience.  

 

HUMOR & COMEDY

355:201:17 13394         T5 (5:00 – 6:20)                 TIL-127 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

Humans use humor on a daily basis.  But why do we use humor, and what are the larger implications of employing jest to make a statement?  This course allows students to investigate humor, comedy, and laughter through a variety of academic lenses.  Students can research and analyze such topics as political satire, popular cartoons, stand-up routines, comedians, ethnic and cultural humor, sit-coms, YouTube antics, bloopers, vaudeville, The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, film, video, and comic books.

 

ISSUES IN EDUCATION

355:201:18 19656         TH4 (1:40 – 3:00)             TIL-230 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: L. DEXHEIMER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

Education consistently ranks among the top priorities Americans want their elected representatives to focus on, and is seen as key to the economic competitiveness of the United States and the personal success of young people and families. But controversy over the purpose, practice, and policy of education flares up time and again in the national conversation. This course will allow students to explore research on hotly debated topics like curriculum reform, tuition hikes, high stakes testing, gender and learning, equality of education, the technology gap, school funding, special education, bilingual education, charter schools, and more. Students will learn how theories about education affect what and how people learn and how education can affect the entire fabric of a society.

 

LOVE & SEX

355:201:19 13396         TH6 (5:00 – 6:20)             TIL-127 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: A. BOUHLAS

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

355:201:20 13481         W4 (1:40 – 3:00)               BE-121 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: B. FARBERMAN

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

Most songs, novels, and movies focus on the same theme: love.  How can we define love?  What is the difference between loving someone and being in love?  In this course, students will investigate the ways in which love and sex affect cultural traditions, gender norms, and the human condition.  We will look at controversial issues that arise when people defy, redefine, or revisit cultural and social norms associated with love and sex.  Possible topics include acts of flirtation, gay marriage, public displays of affection, serial killers and necrophilia, sexuality in comic books, female genital mutilation, Internet sex addiction, sexual predators, and pornography. 

 

CREATIVITY

355:201:G1 13482        MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)  BE-119 LIV         INSTRUCTOR: MADDEN-ZIBMAN

Exploring creativity! Where does it come from—the cosmos, the muses, our DNA? Do creative people think outside the “box?” What is the “box?” How do we break through to our innate originality and live it rather than conceal it in order to fit in?  Are imagination, innovation, and inspiration the exclusive domain of the arts and sciences, or essential components for enriching our lives as well as our diverse profession?  Those are some of the issues we’ll investigate.  Research topics to consider include: creative ability and autism; effects of drugs on creative output; advertising and creative persuasion; the dark side and curse of creativity; left-handedness; the use of the Golden Mean—the mysterious number employed to establish order and beauty in art.  Ultimately, you’re free to follow your inspiration to discover other related topics.

 

SURVEILLANCE & PRIVACY

355:201:G2 09189 MW3 (12:00 – 1:20) LSH-B117(M), LSH-B112(W) LIV   INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER

Americans often seem shocked when revelations of government snooping into citizens' phone calls and emails come to light, yet the same Americans are entertained by fictionalized TV intelligence and surveillance thrillers such as "Person of Interest" and "Homeland." Moreover, millions of Americans routinely publish their personal information on Facebook and other social media for the world to see.  What expectations of privacy can we expect in a world in which surveillance has become so easy and so common?  And if the government is collecting data on us, how is this different from the private corporations that do so as well? What is or should be secret today? In this course, students will explore and research the intersection between the reality of surveillance and the changing expectations of privacy.

 

PSYCHOLOGY OF CONFLICT

355:201:G3 09048        MW4 (1:40 – 3:00)           LSH-B110 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: B. FISHER

“Can we all get along?” Rodney King touched the soul of the nation in 1992 with this simple but insightful question because it poses fundamental human concerns:  why do we fight with our family, friends, and loved ones?  Why is argument the basis of so much of education and business? Why do gender, class, race, and ethnic groups sometimes fight over core values and backgrounds?  Why do nations go to war?  “Psychology of Conflict” will allow students to address these issues and more.  Conflict may not always lend itself to resolution, but resolution can often be managed.  Investigation of techniques for conflict resolution can provide an additional avenue for student research.

 

SCIENCE, MEDICINE & SOCIETY

355:201:G5 15149        MW5 (3:20 – 4:40)           LSH-B105 LIV                     INSTRUCTOR: T. BUDD

“Science, Medicine, and Society” focuses on ethical, social, and political controversies in a variety of medical and health fields.  Research topics include biomedical engineering, nursing, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, health care, mental illness, alternative and experimental healing techniques, hospice, hospitals, and midwives.  Students can also study aspects of medical training and the doctor-patient relationship. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON COLLEGE AVENUE AND LIVINGSTON CAMPUSES.

 

TABOOS & TRANSGRESSIONS

355:201:G7 15779        MTH2 (10:20 – 11:40)  TIL-123 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY

What activities are we expected not to entertain publically or even privately?  Sexual deviance, death rituals, illicit drug use—why do certain taboos both appall us and appeal to us at the same time?  And who gets to decide what's forbidden?  In this course we will consider how our ideas of transgressions have changed throughout the years and what new codes of conduct we're expected to abide by today.  Topics of exploration include all things offensive, disobedient, and unmentionable.  

 

NUTRITION & EXERCISE SCIENCE

355:201:G8 16145        MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     BE-251 LIV                           INTRUCTOR: H. DEL PRETE

This course gives students an opportunity to research nutrition and exercise strategies for optimal wellness.  Research options include topics such as training techniques; sports pedagogy; training and diet for athletes; diet and/or exercise as treatment for or prevention of disease; nutrition and exercise for pregnant women; childhood obesity; occupational therapy; physical therapy; sports medicine; weight management; eating disorders; food insecurity; etc. NOTE: THIS TOPIC IS ALSO OFFERED ON BUSCH CAMPUS

 

AUTOBIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

355:201:G9 13483        MTH3 (12:00 – 1:20)     BE-119 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: D. LILLEY

How do life experiences shape us?  When we write the stories of our lives, why do we choose to construct a particular narrative in place of so many other possible representations of the self?  In this course, we will examine autobiographical modes of reading and writing that focus on the self in historical and cultural contexts.  We will explore the ideological assumptions that underpin how we conceive the nature of the self, as well as the identity politics that inform the ways in which we understand the deceptively simple question: Who am I?

 

EXPLORING CHILDHOOD

355:201:H1 11977        TF2 (10:20 – 11:40)        BE-121 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: L. SCHMID

Superman, tree houses, and sibling rivalries: Is this how we define childhood today?  What is the role of play? What should be taught in schools?  What effect do family dynamics have on a child’s development? This course explores issues of childhood and what is means to be a kid today. Possible areas of research include super heroes as a role models, gender-neutral toys, biracial identity, video games, and censorship of books in schools. Let’s be kids again.

 

CONSTRUCTING IDENTITIES

355:201:J1 11759          TF3 (12:00 – 1:20)           BE-119 LIV                           INSTRUCTOR: L. SCHMID

Who are you? Is your identity fixed or is it always changing? How much of what makes you “you” comes from how others see you? How does identity intersect with values, beliefs, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, language, religion, family, music, fashion, history and so on? This course explores multiple and overlapping ways humans perceive themselves, both as individuals and as part of a collective group, and how identity affects people’s lived experiences every day. We will examine the relationship between environment and psychological and biological selves. Possible areas of research include musical preference, fashion style, race relations, self-help books, plastic surgery, and national pride.

 

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS RELATIONS

355:201:M3 04035       TTH4 (1:40 – 3:00)         TIL-127 LIV                         INSTRUCTOR: K. YENIYURT

This course considers the objectives and strategies of international business in the context of global competition. Student research options include topics such as cross-cultural differences in business practices, international trade differences, outsourcing, the International Monetary System, currency disputes, global competition, trade wars, and the role of organizations such as the United Nations, NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization.

 

FILM

355:201:M7 09340       TTH5 (3:20 – 4:40)         TIL-127 LIV                       INSTRUCTOR: G. SCHROEPFER

E.T. The dance of death at sunset. Gangsters, hangovers, and martial arts.   A slum dog millionaire. Perhaps no other art form in the last century has left an impact on culture the way that film has. Through the images on screen, audiences engage in their hopes and fears, find their heroes, and confront their demons. Hollywood, Bollywood, the indie, the foreign film, documentaries and animation--the categories that fall under the art form have left a lasting legacy on our imaginations. This course will explore the nature of film as an art form and look at its power to inspire and enchant. Students may write about the lasting influence of a particular film, a director, or the significance of a genre.

 

Douglass/Cook

 

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

355:201:23 13324         M2 (10:55 – 12:15)          HCK-119 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 "A child's story which is enjoyed only by a child is a bad child's story. The good ones last." So said C.S. Lewis, referring to children’s books standing the test of time. But can children’s books stand the test of place as well? Against a theoretical background of Tony Watkins' piece, "Space, History and Culture: the Setting of Children's Literature," we will read stories for children from other lands, including The Baboon King by Anton Quintana, translated from Dutch and set in tribal East Africa; The Friends by Kazumi Yumoto, translated from Japanese and set in a Japanese city; The Clay Marble, by Minfong Ho, which is set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War; The Man From the Other Side by Uri Orlev, translated from Hebrew and set in Warsaw during the ghetto uprisings.  Possible research topics include examining how various cultural differences and values are reflected in international children’s stories of the student’s own choice.

 

ETHICS OF FOOD

355:201:24 13325         TH2 (10:55 – 12:15)       HCK-132 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER

This is a hybrid course that meets on campus once per week and requires substantial online participation

 355:201:N2 13326   MW3 (12:35 – 1:55) HCK-123(M), HCK-122(W) D/C            INSTRUCTOR: T. BENDER

 "Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," Michael Pollan advised in his bestselling book, In Defense of Food. In our busy contemporary society, we cram down French fries that don't grow mold if we forget to eat them for a month; foot long sandwiches stuffed with processed meats; fizzy drinks of a dazzling array of colors. This course will explore the ethics of food, in terms of its production and distribution. Possible topics of research include an investigation of the ethics of the fast food industry, genetically modified foods, factory farms, agribusinesses, organic foods, food waste, and the recent increase in interest for local produce in farmers' markets, and rooftop farming in urban areas.

 

PICTURING ATROCITY

355:201:25 04328         TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-112 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: J. HOFFMAN

This course will allow students to examine the history of human atrocities through the lens of photography and visual media, asking how we understand such atrocities that defy the imagination. The course will begin with a short paper that pays particular attention to representations of trauma from the Holocaust and the ethical questions that come from looking at the pain of others. By focusing on how images relate to words, students will examine questions of representation, imagination, and history. Topics might include how artists have struggled with this history, Hollywood's depictions of the nightmare of atrocity, documentary evidence from historical events, and the fantasies of witnessing that have concerned scholars in recent studies.

 

FROM PRINT TO FILM

355:201:D1 16062        TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-122 D/C                       INTRUCTOR: L. HEALEY

You read the book; you saw the movie. Which did you prefer? What changed from print to film? In this course, you will research and write about the process of film adaptation. Your main project for the class will be a research paper based on the critical discussion surrounding a classic film of your choice, subject to instructor approval.

  

SECULAR & SPIRITUAL

355:201:N1 13323        MTH2 (9:15 – 10:35)     HCK-114 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: D. DOW

 355:201:P1 10703          MW5 (3:55 – 5:15)           HCK-127 D/C                 INSTRUCTOR: D. DOW

What is the place of spirituality in a modern world? Are increasingly secular societies leaving traditional faiths behind? Are these societies neglecting a crucial dimension of human experience? Are they following out an inevitable progression toward rationality and common sense?  In this class we'll be looking at these questions and others as we investigate the competing claims of the worldly and the sacred. Possible paper topics include secular ethics and modern medicine, science and atheism, religion and music, the emergence of new forms or traditions of spirituality, the role of the sacred in environmental movements, fundamentalism and global politics, the revival of Jewish orthodoxy, the debate over headscarves and female modesty, the increasing number of nonbelievers in America, and many others.

 

JUSTICE IN POPULAR CULTURE

355:201:N6 11979        MW4 (2:15 – 3:35)           HCK-123 D/C     INSTRUCTOR: M. OLTARZEWSKI

The Good Wife. Scandal. Pretty Little Liars. Serial. Orange is the New Black. This course will explore our culture's fascination with crime, law enforcement, and the justice system.  Students will discuss and research the glamorization of the pursuit of justice, and the link between law and entertainment as seen in novels and "true crime" literature, films, theater, television, and news media.  A wide variety of topics will be examined and analyzed, but students are encouraged to come to class with their own viewpoints on crime and punishment, as they have been presented in today's culture and throughout history.

 

SURVIVAL

355:201:S1 13390         TF3 (12:35 – 1:55)           HCK-123 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: J. LOEB

At one point during his catastrophic 1913 Polar Expedition, explorer Douglass Mawson stood 100 miles from base camp.  He had just buried his friend in the Antarctic ice; his dogs were dead, he was sick and snow-blind.   Only then did he discover that his rotted and frostbitten soles had become detached from his feet.  Alone in the frigid wasteland, Mawson strapped his soles back onto his feet…  and kept going.   Truly, it is astonishing what human beings can endure.  Faced with desperate odds, raging cataclysm, or heartbreaking loss, we somehow manage to survive the most devastating of life’s traumas and challenges.  How?  How, rather than sink into terror or despair, does the human spirit find the capacity to survive, to endure, and to heal?  Students are invited to explore this question in a way that fascinates or inspires them.  Topics might include but are not limited to: wartime experience; emotional/physical abuse; personal loss or tragedy; perseverance and career comebacks; psychosocial and spiritual factors, etc.  

 

MUSICAL EXPRESSION & PERFORMANCE

355:201:S3 07381         TTH4 (2:15 – 3:35)         HCK-126 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: E. GARDENER

This is an exciting, collaborative course designed to accommodate serious and meaningful research on a wide variety of topics. These have included important projects about the influence and significance of musicians like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and George Harrison; fusion in Jazz and World Music; protest music; music and racism; fan behavior; film scoring; file sharing; the creativity of amateur musicians; and even stage fright.  Accomplished musicians who can use their expertise to shape a research topic, and students who love music and want to explore a topic that they are interested in, are equally welcome!

 

TIME, THE FAMILIAR STRANGER

355:201:S6 04309         TTH5 (3:55 – 5:15)         HCK-117 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: D. STANTON

What is time? For Plato, time was a "moving image of eternity." Isaac Newton conceived of time as an absolute flow, existing independently of all events and processes. To the Symbolists, time was all that was corrosive; time was death. British physicist, Julian Barbour, argues that time is merely an illusion. The truth is that at present, there is little consensus regarding an exact definition or even an adequate description of time. Our course takes its name from a groundbreaking study by noted scholar J.T. Fraser whose life's work focused on the notion that great insights are often gained by foregrounding a consideration of time in all disciplines. This class will offer students exciting opportunities for research in the broadest array of topics including, but not in any way limited to the psychology of time, biological time, time in the arts, the sociology of time, time in business, and the history of time.

 

MUSIC & DANCE

355:201:S8 11761         TTH8 (7:15 – 8:35)         HCK-129 D/C                       INSTRUCTOR: E. GARDENER

 Music and Dance explores a range of collaborative possibilities between musicians, dancers and choreographers. We seek to understand how artists work together to create performances and how music and dance affect us individually and culturally. This rich topic is ideal for dance and music majors interested in an opportunity to build on their expertise and knowledge, but a background in the arts is not essential, and there is no requirement to write about both music and dance in individual research papers. Possible research topics include specific dance forms and the iconic artists associated with them; music and dance in film, on Broadway and in smaller, more rarified venues; gender in dance and music; commercialism and its effect on the arts; anorexia and body image; dance and music therapy etc.

PALS

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The Program in American Language Studies (PALS) provides superior English language instruction to non-native English speakers for academic, professional, business, and social/acculturation purposes.

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WPI

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Rutgers University’s Writing Program Institute supports middle school and high school teachers and administrators through on-site professional development, outreach programs, and on campus workshops..

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